Prayer is Changing This Community

town logosPraise reports from New Community Church – one church, two campuses, Dolton and Park Forest, IL 

We had set faith attendance goals of 300 for our Dolton Campus and 100 for the Park Forest Campus. We exceeded that in Dolton with at least 331 and approached the goal in Park Forest with 81. The largest attendance there since their launch Sunday in 2000. 

One of the most encouraging ‘God stories’ has to do with community transformation in Dolton: up until 11 months ago, Dolton was the #1 crime community in the south suburbs with an average of 1.1 murders a month. In the past 11 months there has been just 1 murder. We attribute that to the prayer walking and altars of prayer that have been established throughout Dolton. We are making progress toward enlisting 1000 intercessors to pray daily for the village, and prayers are being answered. NCC has also been asked by the Dolton Parks Department to ‘take over’ one of the village public parks – ‘police’ it for vandalism, and pick up trash, but also able to use it for whatever activities we want – so we will be scheduling regular events there throughout the summer and intentionally working to build relationships with those in the 3-5 block radius of the park. 

Our ministry in Pacesetter, a blighted and under-resourced part of Riverdale just to the west of Dolton, has regularly had 20+ people in a Tuesday morning Bible study in a home there, facilitated by Pastors Ed Domagal and Melvin Benford from the NCC pastoral team. Last week there were over 30 in attendance – truly experiencing the house church dynamics. We have seen 2 from that fellowship recently baptized and 3-5 more are very close to taking that step. 

Children’s ministry has expanded and youth ministry has begun again at the Park Forest Campus. 

Thank you for praying for us. 

Pastor Dan Gute 

New Hope Community Church